Fine for offence $250,000 Order to pay the DEC's court costs $190,000 Order to pay Warringah Council's clean up & investigation costs $26,230 Order to pay Manly Council's clean up costs $24,270 Cost to Warringah Golf Club of installing bunding $6,614 Cost to Warringah Golf Club of installing further environmental controls $73,789 TOTAL $570,903 Warringah Golf Club penalties
“…the Court should send a powerful message to sporting club operators, and in particular, golf clubs, that mismanagement or, particularly as in this case, abandonment of environmental responsibility will lead to condign punishment.” Justice Talbot
Today’s society demands that every industry is accountable for its impact on our environment. The golf industry is no different.
This means we need to understand how our activities could potentially impact our environment Then we need to be able manage, monitor and measure what we do We need a system to do this Golf clubs manage nearly 400 environmental risks every day.
E-Par is an Environmental Management System (EMS) that has been developed specifically for the golf industry. It complies with (in fact exceeds)the international standard (ISO14001) for EMS’s. This means world’s best practice is assured for any golf club utilising e-Par.
There are 18 steps to developing e-Par, including a cyclable process of assessment, planning, action, and review.
Copyright EBS Pty Ltd 2004 All rights reserved. 9 PLAN Environmental Policy Environmental Aspects Legal Requirements Objectives and Targets Environmental Management Program DO Structure, Responsibility Training Communication Env Mgt Documentation Document Control Operational Control Emergency Preparedness CHECK/CORRECT Monitoring/Measurement Non Conformance/ Corrective / Preventive Action Records Audits ACT / IMPROVE Management Review Continual Improvement
It is essential that all levels of club hierachy understand the principles behind an EMS, because at the end of the day, we are ALL responsible for our performance. This includes developing an Environmental Policy that is endorsed by Senior Management
E-Par makes EMS development easier as it contains a range of document templates that can be adapted for our club’s specific circumstances.
The initial development of e-Par takes between 20-25 hours to complete, then typcially 2 hours a week to maintain and administer.
1 ST TEE - Initial Environmental Review ( 2 HOURS) 2 ND TEE - Develop Environmental Policy (0.5 HOUR) 3 RD TEE - Environmental Aspects & Impacts (1 HOUR) 4 TH TEE - Legal and Other Requirements (2 HOURS) 5 TH TEE - Environmental Objectives & Targets ( 1 HOUR) 6 TH TEE - Environmental Action Plans ( 1 HOUR) 7 TH TEE - Structure and Responsibility ( 1 HOUR) 8 TH TEE - Training, Awareness & Competence (0.45 HOUR) 9 TH TEE - Communication (0.5 HOUR) 10 TH TEE – Documentation (0.5 HOUR) 11 TH TEE - Document Control (0.5 HOUR) 12 TH TEE - Operational Control (1 HOUR) 13 TH TEE - Emergency Response (1.5 HOUR) 14 TH TEE - Monitoring & Measure (1 HOUR) 15 TH TEE - Non-Conformance (0.5 HOUR) 16 TH TEE – Records (0.5 HOUR) 17 TH TEE – Audit (2 HOURS) 18 TH TEE - Management Review (2 – 3 HOURS) FRONT9FRONT9 BACK9BACK9 CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT
The game of golf will continue to be scrutinised closely regarding its impact on the environment. With diligent management, golf courses can demonstrate considerable environmental benefits.
The development and maintenance of a compliant EMS will ensure our club can demonstrate best practice management of our environment.
Improved environmental performance Enhanced compliance assurance Prevention of pollution/resource conservation Increased efficiency/reduced costs Enhanced employee morale Enhanced image with public, regulators, lenders, investors Employee awareness of environmental issues and responsibilities Reduced risk
Washdown bays can be expensive to construct, but a simple risk assessment can help to identify some specific improvements to our existing bay that will significantly reduce the potential for an environmental incident
Many fuel dispensing areas are non compliant, but simply ensuring any spills are contained can reduce the risk to you and your club. Similarly, chemical handling and mixing areas should be reviewed to ensure any spill, large or small, can be contained to the immediate area.
Record keeping is often overlooked or neglected because of time pressure Committing time to develop or source easy to use templates and then to complete them will improve the club’s compliance significantly
Compliance requirements are here to stay, and are going to be enforced more strictly. Developing and maintaining an EMS that meets the international standard ISO14001 should be seen as an investment that protects the club, management, staff and members, as well as the environment.